Learning about fashion
That's it in a nutshell. If you’re fascinated by fashion, creative, good at illustration and have a feel for market and fashion trends then this is the one for you. You also require a basic knowledge of product development and manufacturing to train as a Certified Product Developer of Fashion. Here’s what else you’ll need:
Secondary school GCSE / A-levels or equivalent (Hauptschule/Realschule and Fachhochschulreife /allgemeine Hochschulreife in Germany)
Good knowledge of a manufacturing environment, with either:
- Experience as a bespoke tailor or dressmaker following completion of an apprenticeship or vocational training, or
- Qualification as Certified Fashion Designer with 3 years of vocational training at a school of fashion and design and
- A certificate of apprenticeship or a Chamber of Commerce examination certificate (IHK or equivalent), or
- One year’s work experience in the garment industry
- als Staatlich anerkannter Designer/in Mode nach 2-3jähriger Berufsfachschule für Mode und Design mit
- Gesellenbrief oder IHK-Prüfungszeugnis
Previous experience of illustration, creative ability.
Applicants are required to pass an admissions test.
Application dates & deadlines 2021
Application - prefered online - 31. March 2021.
Course starting 2021
The course commences on 02. September 2021.
Required application documents
Application form, curriculum vitae in tabular format complete with passport photograph. Copies of school leaving certificate / examination results, vocational training certificates (later submission also possible), work experience and work placement references.
The admissions test lasts one full day and is divided into two parts. Part 1 is the written, creative section, focused mainly on production technology, nature studies, illustration and design. Part 2 is an oral exam in the presence of an examination board that may typically include questions about your motivation for application, plus you may be given some tasks to perform that require improvisation or skills of association.
Course guidance service
To make an appointment to visit the School or for personal course guidance, please contact:
info(at)modeschule.kv.bwl.de or by phone: Mon-Fri from 8am-12pm
Fon +49.711.48 90 95-0
Affiliated training institutes in Germany
The following technical colleges offer either an apprenticeship diploma or a foundation diploma as a Certified Fashion Designer:
Gewerbliche Schule Metzingen
Berufsbildende Schule Johann-Joachim-Becher-Schule
Costs and funding
EUR 325 per half year
Additional teaching aids and materials, visits, excursions
BAföG und AufstiegsBAföG
State funding under the Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG) and the Upgrading Training Assistance Act (AufstiegsBAföG, or AFBG in English) may be available for this course. Further information and application forms are available here
It may also be possible to finance the course with a scholarship, for example from the Wilhelm Lorch Foundation.